Toni Pappas has been an Arts Councilor since 2005. While on the Council, Toni has been involved with fundraising for special events. She has also advocated for legislation important to the Council.
Toni’s interest in the Arts began during childhood. Luckily, she grew up in New Jersey close to the Hudson River Ferry. Within minutes, she and her parents ferried to New York City, to enjoy museums, the New York City Library, Broadway plays, the original Metropolitan Opera House, and the New York City Ballet. A favorite memory is receiving an autograph from Balanchine’s prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief, backstage at the beautiful, old New York State Centre, before Lincoln Center was built.
Presently, Toni is an Account Executive with Business NH Magazine where she focuses on sales and community relations. A former State Representative, Toni is currently serving her fifth term as a Hillsborough County Commissioner.
Toni has served as President of the Manchester Historic Association and the Palace Theater board of trustees. She has been a trustee for the Norwin S. & Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation, vice chairman of the Greater Manchester YMCA, board director of the Swift Water Girl Scout Council and state commissioner on the NH Status of Women. In 1999, she participated in the NH Business Committee for the Arts Leadership Series.
Toni is a graduate of Rutgers University. For ten years she taught school and helped her husband, Billy Pappas, run a restaurant on the upper east side of New York City. In 1975, she and Billy moved to his home town, Manchester, New Hampshire. Today much of their time is devoted to restoring their 150 year old Victorian home. They also enjoy various sports and have run the Boston and New York City marathons together.
September 2, 2010